§ MR. ALFRED PEASE (York)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Agriculture whether the Government can now announce their intention to carry out the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Horse Breeding in their Third Report, with regard to raising the amount disposable for Queen's premiums and the encouragement of horse breeding from £5,000 to £10,000, and the advisability of preparing Returns containing reliable information as to the number and description of horses in the United Kingdom?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF AGRICULTURE (Mr. CHAPLIN,) Lincolnshire, Sleaford
My attention has been already directed to this subject, but I am afraid that the Returns recommended by the Commission would involve considerable difficulty. The matter, however, is being considered, and I hope to be able to make some improvement, at all events, in the existing system before the next Returns are issued. With regard to the first part of the question, the experiment of devoting the sum in question to Queen's premiums instead of Queen's plates has been exceedingly successful, and personally I should be very glad to see it raised from £5,000 to £10,000, but that is a matter for the consideration of my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequor.